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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 97-01-16
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, January 16, 1997
NEWS IN DETAIL
 FARMERS PREPARE FOR NEW STRIKES IN CENTRAL GREECE
Athens, January 16 (MPA)Farmers in Greece's central region of Thessaly are preparing for new mobilizations that will, once again, slice the country in two.
During yesterday's conference of the Pan-Thessaly Coordinating Committee, the farmers decided to begin their strikes on January 28 and to start blocking the national highways, roads and the railways on February 4.
However, the president of the agricultural cooperative union SYDASE, Yiannis Pitas, expressed his opposition with yesterday's decision and with the imminent road blocks.
 CYPRIOT PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER IN ATHENS TOMORROW
Nicosia, January 16 (MPA)The President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides will be in Athens tomorrow where he will be received by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.
The two leaders will discuss Cyprus' purchase of the Russian-made surface-to-air S-300 missiles, the United States' proposal for a flight moratorium over Cyprus, as well as issues concerning the military dialogue.
President Clerides has not sided with the U.S. official Carey Cavanaugh who claimed yesterday that the missiles will not be deployed in Cyprus since, 16 months from now, when the missiles will be in Cyprus, there will be no need for them.
Cypriot Government spokesperson Yiannakis Kasoulides stated that "the missile order was made to be carried through, not to play with."
Moreover, Mr. Kasoulides added that Nicosia is looking into the possibility of accepting the U.S. initiated moratorium of Greek aircraft flights over Cyprus up until August maximum, "but only if an initiative to resolve the Cyprus issue is in progress."
 SAE PRESIDENT ASKS EXPERTS IN CHICAGO TO AID IN GREECE'S FLOOD CONTROL
Chicago, January 16 (MPA)The President of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) in the United States, Christos Tomaras has turned to a group of irrigation experts from Chigaco's local government, asking them to provide their expertise in the recent disaster that was brought on by the torrential rains in Corinth and Fthiotis.
Mr. Tomaras forwarded a letter of support to the flood victims wherein he stated that "we hope that we will be able to provide our support in light of the poblems that usuually follow such disasters.
"Although cases of such magnitude demand costly and lengthy solutions, please be aware that SAE will be at your disposal for any help that you think that we may offer now or in the future," Mr. Tomaras added.
 STOLEN PIECE OF MARBLE FROM ACROPOLIS SENT TO GREEK EMBASSY IN BONN
London, January 16 (MPA)A small, yet heavy, parcel arrived at the Greek Embassy in Bonn yesterday, containing a small fragment of marble, said to be from the Acropolis.
The package, which was sent from the German city of Main, was accompanied by a type-written note which revealed that the valuable marble was taken from Greece either by a German tourist or even perhaps by a German soldier who was stationed in Athens during the occupation period (1940-45).
"This rock belongs to Greece," the note read. "Many years ago I lifted it off the ground from the Acropolis in Athens and I took it with me. I am now returning it since, because of my old age, it is unlikely that I will go to Athens again. I ask that you please restore this piece again near the Temple of Athena at the Parthenon."
The Greek embassy intends to publicly thank the sender through an announcement to be published in German dailies, with the hope that others will follow his example.
 F.R.Y: DEFENSE COUNCIL SIDES WITH SERB GOVERNMENT
Belgrade, January 16 (MPA)In an extraordinary session held last night, the Federal Yugoslav Republic's Defense Council unanimously supported the Serb government's efforts to resolve the country's crisis through lawful procedures which are foreseen by the constitution and laws.
The Council comprises the F.R.Y.'s President Zoran Lilic and the Presidents of Serbia and Montenegro, Slobodan Milosevic and Momir Bulatovic, respectively. Also present during yesterday's sesion were the Yugoslav Premier Radoyie Kodic, Defense Minister Paule Bulatovic and the Chief of the Armed Forces Paule Perisic.
The main opposition party, the tri-partite coalition "Zajedno", intends to continue its daily protests through the streets of Belgrade and other Serbian cities, despite the recent decision issued by the Electorate Committee which ratified Zajedno's victory in the capital city and Nis.
One of the coalition's leaders Vuk Drascovic has stated that his party will continue the rallying and the protests until the government recognizes -in its entirety- the report issued by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe which upheld Zajedno's victory in the majority of the municipalities.
 UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL ENVOY HAN SUNG JU TO VISIT CYPRUS IN JANUARY
Nicosia, January 16 (MPA)In an effort to promote the peacekeeping process and the beginning of direct negotiations between Cyrpus' two communities, the United Nations Secretary-General's special envoy Han Sung Ju will be in Nicosia by the end of this month.
Mr. Ju's visit was announced by the U.N. Secretary- General's alternate special envoy to Cyprus Gustav Feissel, following his meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafkos Clerides.
Mr. Ju will remain in Cyprus until February 5 and in turn will visit Athens and Ankara.
 DANE CITIZEN OF KURDISH ORIGIN WAS TORTURED IN TURKEY, REPORT CONFIRMED
Bonn, January 16 (MPA)A group of physicians at Copenhagen's Health Rehabilitation Center, delegated by the Council of Europe, has confirmed the recent claim filed by a Dane citizen of Kurdish origin who stated that he had been tortured by Turkish authorities.
This case has been granted international attention, since Denmark and Turkey will soon come face to face at the European Court for Human Rights.
The Danish government filed suit against Turkey for the torturing of Kemal Koch, marking the first time a member-state of the Council of Europe files suit against another member of the organization for damages against an individual.
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